Friar’s Corner: Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Jeremiah 18:8-10; Ps 40:1-4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53

Please continue to pray daily a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the conversion of all terrorists. I think we want them to come to know the wonderful love of Jesus for all people. We can also pray another chaplet for our country. We certainly need God’s help. Thank you in Jesus holy Name.

In the last month, I have encouraged you to create in your living place a special place for prayer and study, away from the television. Much of television programing comes from and leads to the kingdom of the world opposed to Jesus Christ and his kingdom of love, peace and joy. My purpose is to help you find time each day to be with and talk with Jesus. As you take this time, miracles happen in your life. 

We become like Moses seeing “fire flaming out of bush,” that was burning yet not destroyed, Exodus 3:2ff. Our prayer place and visiting Jesus’ real presence in our parish churches, is sacred and holy ground. As we pray there Jesus sets more of our person on fire with his love. If we take enough time with him, we are on fire when we come out from that place. We bring more of God’s love to others.

In our sacred prayer, place we fix our eyes on Jesus. Have there a beautiful picture of Jesus, like Divine Mercy, your New Testament and the “United Stated Catholic Catechism for Adults.” Say any little prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance. You will feel God’s fire in your heart and the light of Jesus filling your mind. You will see how God wants us to live.

Psalm 40 today speaks of God hearing all our prayers and putting new praise songs on our lips. The gospels teach us how and why God, our Father, sent his Son to earth to teach us how much God loves us. He also came to take away our sins and heal us. Jesus wants to draw us out of the worldly sin and vice into God’s kingdom. In today’s section of Luke’s gospel, Jesus tells us: “I come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” 12:49. Our daily time with Jesus keeps us focused, “our eyes fixed on Jesus,” as Hebrews 12:2 tells us today. After prayerfully reading the gospels, then read Hebrews. It will thrill you.

Abundant personal joy comes as God pierces us with more of his love. However, that does not mean that our life will be a “bed of roses.” Roses do have thorns, do they not? We will face a lot of trials. Satan and his followers don’t want us on fire and close to Jesus. We will have to work to get sin and vice out of our life by repentance. The old worldly values and systems die hard. It will take time to move into God’s values. Yet Jesus will help us be more on fire for him.

I have sealed myself and all that I do with the precious Blood of Jesus and put on all his spiritual clothes and armor. I ask you to pray for me in the next few weeks. I shall leave on a missionary trip to Ghana, West Africa. I shall be sharing with priests and some leaders in the northwestern part of the country.

Let us all be more in prayer these days in the Heart of our Merciful Savior, Jesus Christ. I shall also be praying for you so we all may be brighter “burning bushes” for Jesus. Blessings,
+ Fr. Bob Hilz
(© 2016 Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR)

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